Top Photo Books Of 2007; Pictures & Words For Business And Pleasure Page 5

100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events that Changed the World; by Nick Yapp, foreword by Douglas Brinkley, introduction by Chris Johns; National Geographic Books; 320 pages; $35; (ISBN: 978-1-4262-0197-4)
Together, National Geographic and Getty Images' impressive photographic archive contains 80 million images. The creation of this book was a joint venture meant to guide the reader through 100 of some of the most important moments in world history. Author and historian Nick Yapp provides a wealth of in-depth and highly educational text that reveals the true story behind each photograph. This is a dramatic journey that begins in May 1851 and comes to a close in August 2005, a trip through time that will open the door to understanding how one event or person can change the future.

Wild Acadia: A Photographic Journey to New England's Oldest National Park; images by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, text by Jerry Monkman; University Press of New England; 122 pages; $26; (ISBN: 1-58465-524-0)
This book allows the reader to join the Monkmans, professional photographers and writers, as they explore the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park. This popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and fellow artists offers 48,000 acres of rocky coastland and lush forests filled with a wealth of photographic opportunities. The book contains 84 full-color images paired with informative text that provides a deeper understanding of the journey. Together, the words and pictures are certain to spark a desire to visit New England in the very near future.

Professional Children's Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers; by Lou Jacobs Jr.; Amherst Media; 128 pages; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-205-1)
With the aid of sample images from 15 successful photographers in the field, Lou Jacobs Jr. provides a variety of techniques to help you create and capture the perfect child portraits. Each chapter is devoted to the work of a single artist. Their images are used to highlight in-depth lessons on choosing the right equipment, proper lighting strategies, and how to work with children to get the best expressions and poses. This guide promises to help you improve your photography business by taking your images to the next level.

Children's Portrait Photography: A Photojournalistic Approach; by Kevin Newsome; Amherst Media; 128 pages; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-206-8)
Professional photographer Kevin Newsome's guide provides advice on adapting the popular photojournalistic style to capture stunning, modern child portraits. He provides tips on streamlining studio operations, working with your subject to elicit great images, shooting strategies that are age-specific, using props and posing to maximum effect, and ways to build your client base to increase profits. This guide is certain to improve the quality of your images and help your business flourish.

Professional Portrait Posing: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers; by Michelle Perkins; Amherst Media; 128 pages; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-211-2)
Professional photographer and writer Michelle Perkins filled this guide with a breathtaking collection of 190 color images and plenty of top-quality advice from such notable artists as Jeff Smith, Monte Zucker, and Tim Schooler. Each of them provides tips on how to use proper posing techniques to maximum advantage in every field, from commercial imaging to fashion and traditional portraiture. This information is certain to improve the quality of your work and boost your business.